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MIT staff blogger Matt McGann '00

Class of 2010 profile by Matt McGann '00

A ststistical look at the incoming freshmen.

Here’s a look at this year’s incoming freshman class. Over the next week, we’ll take a look at some of the individuals in the class…

The MIT Class of 2010, by:

  • Gender:
    Male 55%
    Female 45%

  • Ethnicity:
    African American 8%
    Asian American 28%
    Caucasian 37%
    Mexican American 7%
    Native American 1%
    Puerto Rican 2%
    Other Hispanic groups 3%
    Other/no response 6%
    International citizens 8%

  • Geography:
    New England 13%
    Mid-Atlantic 17%
    Southeast & PR 16%
    Midwest & Plains States 14%
    South/Southwest 11%
    West Coast 19%
    Abroad 10%
    States represented 49
    Countries represented 49

  • Schooling:
    Public school 71%
    Private school 11%
    Religious school 8%
    Foreign school 11%
    Home schooled <1%
    High Schools represented 793

  • Just for fun:

    Most popular names
    Male: Daniel
    Female: Elizabeth / Jennifer / Stephanie (tie)

    Distance Traveled
    Most: Jakarta, Indonesia
    Least: Cambridge, MA

    The one US state not represented
    South Dakota

27 responses to “Class of 2010 profile”

  1. sailmaker says:

    Just out of curiosity, which state is not represented?

  2. madmatt says:

    See the updated entry for the answer =)

  3. Anonymous says:

    What do you mean by “we’ll take a look at some of the individuals in the class…”?

  4. Nur says:

    0_0

    less than 1% homeschooled…I feel special….do you have the exact number?

  5. Nicole says:

    Are you going to do profiles of a few freshman just like you did the seniors before they graduated? If so, I’m volunteering!

  6. Jared '10 says:

    Awesome, thanks for the stats. For some reason or other, I love looking at these things.

    -Jared

  7. Is it possible to get a breakdown of the ethnic groups by gender (e.g., percentage of Asian Americans in the class that are female vs. male)?

  8. Hello,

    this information is great to know. I was wondering, do you know the percentage of incoming freshmen who got financial aid, and what was the average financial aid package. Also, just out of curiosity, what were the average SAT scores, that is, if you have that info available.

    Thank you,

    MIT hopeful for the class of 2012

  9. Matt,

    Why are “international students” an ethnicity?

  10. Daniel says:

    Yay I have the most popular name admitted! I’m so getting in next year! =P

  11. Sylvia says:

    Hi. Thanks for the statistics. It shows very interesting information about the incoming freshmen this fall smile

  12. thekeri says:

    Yay, stats are up!

    And I can’t help but wonder just what “tak[ing] a look at some of the individuals in the class” means.

    Guess we’ll all find out soon enough!

  13. Aziz '10 says:

    Hey Matt!

    Awesome stats, it’s really great to see that MIT is so diverse wink LoL yeah Michael’s right i don’t think international students are considered an ethnicity, but i guess it’d be easier than listing all the ethnicities of those countries ;p

    “Taking a look”…that sounds interesting smile reminds me of the senior profiles ;p

    Take care Matt!

  14. SUchi says:

    Unusual circumstance: Most of my teachers since 9th grade are leaving. so, basically, i sill not have many teachers next year who will know me well since most of them are gone. what should i do? should i trust the new teachers? or could i use some other source for recs?

  15. Saad Zaheer says:

    good question Borski!

  16. stefan says:

    Answer to SUchi: Try to keep in touch with your old teachers, because it is obvious that they know you better. And that is important a professor which knows you well.

  17. Matt –

    Do you know what the gender ratio is at MIT in engineering (mechE/ECE/ChemE/BioE etc), AFTER four years? I really like that MIT has gotten the admissions up to near 50/50 like startup-school Olin College has, but I’m afraid that all my future female companions will end up in all the different liberal arts-non engineering programs you talk about, abandoning engineering.

    Thank!

    Melissa – MIT ’11 maybe? smile

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Hey, I’m an ’11maybe? too smile

    And IMO the liberal arts majors are just there to weed out the less cool people. :-p

    (Actually, I’ve been dabbling in 20th century lit, but shh, don’t tell!)

    But actually I go to a magnet sci/math school now and I have lots of artsy friends and I actually really like having them around to keep me well-rounded so my whole entire life isn’t just about the fourth degree taylor polynomial centered around 3 for x^kajillion/y+bajillion. Woman cannot live on math alone smile

  19. Hey, I have the most popular male name. Who knew?

  20. dj says:

    mine, too!

    i wonder what it was in the previous years

  21. Erik Chen says:

    Yaaay!

    I’m looking forward to next posts.

    Thanks for the info!

  22. Abena says:

    my ex head boi is one of em for class of 2010 and i hope to be in the class of 2011.=) yep

    so we pray, learn and wait for 2007. interested in aeronautics n aerospace engineering. a few others from my sch want to come too so maybe more than 1 person will get in than its been in the last 2 yrs hmmm

    interesting facts though!

    take care n stay blessed.

  23. Fernando says:

    I may have missed it in a previous blog, but what is the actual size of the class of 2010?

  24. Shikhar says:

    Hi,

    Since you’ll be answering things next week i thought i’d paste my message here:

    “Hey Matt,

    I am writing after a long time…how are you…Well as i did not get into MIT this year…i am going off to college at Worcester Polytechnic (thats near boston yay)…i am thinking about applying as a transfer so i needed to consult which courses i should look into and what kind of a performance i should maintain in college to be up and running for admission consideration….For an incoming junior what is the weightage usually given to high school GPA (not that its bad or anything) and SAT Scores…Also is there a time when prospective transfers can come visit….”

    I hope i am not posting this in the wrong place in that i dont really know whether you deal with transfer admissions or not.

  25. Shikhar says:

    Hi,

    Since you’ll be answering things next week i thought i’d paste my message here:

    “Hey Matt,

    I am writing after a long time…how are you…Well as i did not get into MIT this year…i am going off to college at Worcester Polytechnic (thats near boston yay)…i am thinking about applying as a transfer so i needed to consult which courses i should look into and what kind of a performance i should maintain in college to be up and running for admission consideration….Also is there a time when prospective transfers can come visit….”

    I hope i am not posting this in the wrong place in that i dont really know whether you deal with transfer admissions or not.

  26. Nur says:

    Wait a second….71%- public schooled, 11% private, 8% religious, 11% foreign….thats already 101%!!

    Please tell me there’s overlap T_T

  27. Sam Jackson says:

    Allo Matt!

    Interesting numbers you’ve got here–I love to browse these sorts of statistics, they’re so fascinating. I’m always impressed with how diverse MIT is when I’m hanging around over in Cambridge (I’m from Newton, MIT’s campus and general vicinity make for a good way to pass the time… central / kendall woo). I actually don’t get the chance to stroll the lovely greens and such but for occasional jaunts during the summer! as I go to boarding school a bit north, in exeter. whoop… not. miss boston.

    ah, but my point! I was just commenting to say–aside from the interesting post–that I’m so glad you’ve provided this very useful resource for interested students. I’m ’07 and it’s really helpful to have this perspective, and these sorts of posts, available to me. So much so in fact that I made sure to link you on my own college-related blog! So, just a heads-up to that, maybe you’ll get a few more hits or something. Anyways, keep up the great work.